candelabra or plant stand is a bit outside our usual focus from medieval times to Louis XIII, being more in the Louis XIV mode. But its classic symmetry, exquisite carving
and lovely patina caught our eye, and so here it is.
design originally used in Italy to keep candelabra stable in order to minimize
conflagrations when they toppled over, this stand has a triangular pedestal as
a base. Continuing the theme, the
central column is also triangular in shape below a circular top. Since candelabra were commonly used in
churches, this triangular design with a round top reflected the notion of the
Trinity or God the Three in One.
acanthus leaf predominates as the chief design element used in this piece,
taking various forms including scrolled leaves forming the base, a bud out of
which the central column rises, and a highly stylized treatment as the
horn-shaped support for the top, circular platform.
top and bottom are circular bands with oval-shaped patterns articulating the
top of the base and the bottom of the platform portion on which the candle
would have rested.
stand is gold-leafed but with a finish that has aged and resulted in a pleasing
patina with nicks here and there
exposing the gesso underneath.